What are dentures?
Dentures act as replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. Dentures take some getting used to and will never feel exactly the same as your natural teeth, but the latest denture products are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.
Depending on your situation, you can either choose full dentures or partial dentures. Your dentist will help you choose the type of denture that fits you best, as determined by the teeth being replaced and the cost involved.
How do dentures work?
Full dentures have a flesh-colored acrylic base that fits comfortably over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth) and the lower denture is horseshoe shaped to accommodate your tongue.
Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory using impressions of your mouth. You and your dentist will determine which of the three following dentures is best for you:
- A conventional full denture is used after any remaining teeth are removed and the surrounding tissue has healed. Healing can take several months, during which time you are without teeth.
- An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed (The dentist will have measured and made models of your jaw on a prior visit). Immediate dentures mean you will never be without your teeth, but they must be relined several months after being placed. This is because the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.
- A partial denture rests on a metal framework and is attached to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth, serving as anchors for your new denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.
How long before I get used to my dentures?
New dentures can feel awkward or uncomfortable for the first few weeks or even months. Eating and speaking with dentures takes a bit of practice. It is not uncommon to have a bulky or even loose while your cheek muscles and your tongue learn to keep your dentures in place. Initially you might even experience additional saliva flow, crowding of the tongue, and even minor irritation or soreness; this is not unusual, however, the doctor is always available to answer any of your questions.
How long will my dentures last?
Over time your dentures will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear. Rebasing involves making a new base so as to keep the existing denture teeth. Also, with age your mouth undergoes natural changes that can cause your dentures to loosen, making chewing awkward, or irritating your gums. To avoid any surprises with your dentures, or discomfort, you should see your dentist each year as part of a routine checkup.
Below are a list of tips for caring for and maintaining your dentures:
- Stand over a folded towel or sink of water when handling your dentures because dentures are delicate and run the risk of breaking if dropped onto hard surfaces.
- Never let your dentures dry out. When you aren’t wearing them, be sure to submerge them in a denture cleanser soaking solution, or in plain water. Always use cool water as hot water can cause the dentures to warp.
- Brushing your dentures regularly removes food buildup and plaque, which prevents your dentures from becoming stained. You can also use an ultrasonic cleaner when caring for your dentures, but this should not replace daily brushing.
- Each morning before you insert your dentures, use a soft bristled toothbrush to clean your gums, tongue and palate. This process stimulates circulation in your tissues and aids in the removal of plaque.
- See your dentist if your dentures break, chip, crack or become loose. Do not adjust them yourself as this can damage them beyond repair.
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